I consider Harrah’s to be a reliable hotel with a good North-Strip location, giving easy access to The Mirage, Caesars Palace and The Linq. Thanks to the Monorail stop, it also allows for easy access to the Las Vegas Convention Center and MGM Grand Garden Arena, too.
It was built in 1973 as the Holiday Casino and became Harrah’s in 1992. Harrah’s has made some changes over the past years. One of the more notable changes are replacing the cafe with the Fulton Street Food Hall – effectively a nicer food court area (they call it a “chef-driven marketplace”) with fresh salads, sushi, pizza, tacos, sandwiches and a coffee and pastry bar. Another is remodeling many of the Carnaval Tower Rooms and renaming them Valley Tower Rooms. The remodeled rooms run about $20 more per night than the regular Carnaval Tower rooms.
Harrah’s doesn’t have a lot of dining options, but that Food Hall helps. I’ve been happy with meals at Flavors, The Buffet and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. The other options are Ruth’s Chris Steak House and The Oyster Bar. There are many other options available nearby at the Linq or across the street at Caesars Palace and the Mirage.
Although Harrah’s no longer has the Improv, they still have a lot of entertainment options, including Mac King, Big Elvis, X Country, and Menopause the Musical. Many of those shows are also available as free Tier Benefit Shows for Total Rewards Diamond and Seven Star players. Discounted tickets are also available for many of the shows.
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The Carnaval Court is one of my favorite places to hang out at Harrah’s. It is just outside the Sportsbook. The flair bartenders are great and you can listen to free live music during the day. I’m also a big fan of the new Fulton Street Bar, located between the Food Hall and the Mardi Gras Towers.
Getting around from Harrah’s is very easy. You can use the Monorail station behind Harrah’s, walk to the various nearby casinos or even rent a car from the onsite Hertz desk (conveniently located next to the concierge). If you are driving, beware that driving access to Harrah’s is actually from Linq Lane, behind Harrah’s. Note that the free shuttle to the Rio has been discontinued.
Basic room rates at Harrah’s tend to be more affordable than many other hotels. Right now, Harrah’s is running a special with rates as low as $29 per night during the week. Rates in the $60-$70 range are more typical. Weekend rates around $150 are not unusual. Harrah’s charges a $29 per night resort fee ($32.48 after taxes). That fee is waiver for Total Rewards Diamond and SevenStar players. The resort fee covers local calls, in-room internet access and 2 daily fitness center passes.
The Valley Tower & Carnaval Tower rooms are further from the Strip and can offer views of the High Roller or the pool, although some of the Strip-facing rooms (like the one I had for my last trip) are partially blocked by the Mardi Gras Tower and only have limited views of the Mirage and Casino Royale. The Diamond Lounge is on the 2nd floor, just off the Carnaval Tower elevators, so there is that.
The Mardi Gras Tower is closer to the Strip . Mardi Gras Tower rooms that face the pool also get a lot of noise from the Carnaval Court.
Check-In: 4:00 PM
Check-Out: 11:00 AM